Hawk Springs Case Takes Unexpected Turn

Laramie, Wy – A judge recently ordered that the Hawk Springs Reservoir remain open for public use until a law suit over its ownership can be settled. The sale of those 40 acres from the Horse Creek Conservation District to a private company caught the attention of Wyoming Attorney General Pat Crank. Then Wyoming Public Radio learned more about the attorney who represented both seller and buyer in the transaction. Public records show that the private company, called Phase 23, was created only last June and it's registered to Ronald Buchhammer and his son is Curtis Buchhammer of the law firm Buchhammer and Kehl in Cheyenne. Attorney General Pat Crank says he's not certain whether there was a conflict of interest here, but he says the transaction was unusual. Neither Curtis nor Ronald Buchhammer returned calls for this story.